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From Broken Hill to the Big Smoke: YMCA NSW applauds group’s significant contribution

On face value, there’s little Broken Hill and Parramatta have in common; yet at YMCA NSW’s inaugural Business Breakfast, which was hosted at the NSW Business Chamber in Parramatta last week, it was evident that despite some major differences, there’s a lot of shared values.

A group of elderly gentleman known as the Y’s Men from Broken Hill’s YMCA, travelled to Parramatta for the occasion, and were honoured with special recognition for their contribution to their community, which has spanned over 50 years of service.

In attendance was NSW Minister for Ageing, Disability Services and Multiculturalism, John Ajaka, and YMCA NSW CEO Leisa Hart.

Ms Hart took the time to welcome the Y’s Men to Parramatta and highlighted the wonderful work that the 163 year old YMCA Charity does across NSW.

“We have 113 locations across NSW and the ACT, and our programs and services span an incredible breadth, including child care, gymnastics, outdoor education, learn to swim and squad programs, group and individual fitness programs, school PE classes, camping, inclusive fitness programs for people with disabilities and those with mental illnesses, and our youth programs,”

"The Y's Men's work in Broken Hill is profound and I am truly grateful for the work they do for the city and Far West region. I offer them my sincere thanks and congratulations.”

YMCA NSW Head Office is based in Parramatta. For more about YMCA programs, visit


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Louise O’Donnell

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About the YMCA:


YMCA NSW is a community not-for-profit organisation committed to connecting people to their communities to live healthier and happier lives.

We deliver services in more than 100 locations across NSW including camps, before and after school care, community recreation and sporting facilities, swimming pools and youth services. We also raise funds to deliver much needed community programs.

With a commitment to delivering healthy living programs, empowering young people and making a positive social impact, we strive to ensure that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive. With the Y, everyone can be healthier, happier and connected to their community.

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